The parents of an unarmed man who was fatally shot by officers before being hit by a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car have demanded the officers involved be prosecuted for their crimes, according to the family’s attorneys.
“I’m never going to be able to hug my son again. We’re never going to be able to spend holidays with him again. He’s not here with us,” said Valerie Rivera, the victim’s mother.
“What they did was very wrong and they need to prosecuted. Something needs to be done,” said Philip Malik, Eric Rivera’s father.
Eric Rivera was fatally shot on June 7 after Officers Arturo Urrutia and Daniel Ramirez were called to the 1100 block of North Wilmington Boulevard in Wilmington regarding a man with a gun, reported KTLA.
The problem with that, of course, is that the victim was not actually armed.
When police arrived, they shot 20-year-old Eric Rivera dead, and did not provide details of the killing.
“Believing this may be the suspect from the radio call, they directed their attention toward him; at that time there was an officer-involved shooting,” the department states in the press release.
After Rivera was shot 7 times by police, the officers’ car moved forward, hitting him and pinning him against a nearby building, underneath the car.
The family’s attorney told KTLA that both officers jumped out of their patrol car without putting the vehicle in park when they encountered Eric Rivera. He tried to jump out of the way of the moving car when he was shot seven times, the family said.
His body was described as “literally mangled” and a crane was needed to remove the car off of Eric Rivera’s body, the attorney said.
LAPD reportedly recovered a squirt water gun at the scene.
Rivera’s parents are willing to drop their federal civil rights lawsuit if Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey agrees to prosecute the officers involved, according to Casillas & Associates, the law firm representing the family.
“This is a negligent homicide. Jackie Lacey do your job,” one attorney said at a press conference.
Officer Urrutia and Officer Ramirez are still cleared to work in the filed, according to the LAPD.
So even after they murdered an unarmed man for no legitimate reason, these killer cops are still on active duty, and they face no charges at this point.